The summer is the perfect time to go on a vacation with your precious pup. However, canines aren’t always the easiest travel companions, as they can’t make their own reservations or even pack a suitcase. This means that all of the responsibility that goes into planning a trip falls on your shoulders. Here are a few suggestions so that your dog-friendly vacation goes as smoothly as possible.
Take Your Furry Friend To The Vet Beforehand
Prior to traveling, you need to make sure that your pooch is in tip-top shape. This is especially true if you are going on an airplane. According to the American Kennel Club, you must bring a health certificate that proves your pooch is healthy and “up-to-date” with their shots if they are flying.
Get Your Dog Microchipped
Unfortunately, some dogs panic when they are in unfamiliar places, which may cause them to run away. For this reason, you should think about getting your dog microchipped before your vacation. The American Animal Hospital noted that the process is relatively simple. Essentially, a microchip, which is about “[t]he size of a grain of rice,” is implanted in your dog.
According to the American Kennel Club, the device holds your pup’s medical information and “your contact information.” A universal scanner can decipher said information. The AKC notes that for the microchip to be effective, you must “register it with a national pet recovery database.”
As previously mentioned, dogs are unable to pack for themselves. This means you will have to figure out exactly what they’ll need.
If you are going on a plane, you will need a crate. The AKC recommends that it should be sturdy, leak-proof, and “large enough to allow the dog to stand, turn, and lie down.”
Regardless if you are flying or driving, you’ll need to make sure that you have your pet’s medication, leash, collar, ID tag, waste bags, food bowls, food, and water. You’ll also want to bring their bedding, treats, and toys.
Research Dog-Friendly Hotels & Restaurants
Before you decide where you want to stay, do some research to see if there are suitable dog-friendly hotels and restaurants. You should also plan out some dog-friendly activities like going to a dog beach or taking a hike. Essentially, most hotels have pretty strict pet policies and often don’t allow dogs to stay in the room by themselves. This means, if you want to go out on an adventure, you will have to bring your dog with you.